Seven of the best farm shops
Time to shop local? We think so. Let's start with our farm shops. Here's our pick of seven of the county's award-winning finds.
White House Farm Shop, Sprowston
If you’re on the hunt for some seriously scrumptious sausage rolls, White House Farm is your place. This family run farm shop has been going for generations and has a butchers, PYO fruit farm, deli with dairy and fresh veg and proper homemade cakes in the cafe (in non-Covid times). The barns are also home to indie businesses including a beauty room, hair salon and interiors shop. Get your orders in now for Christmas.
Orginally formed to link the farm tenants to the estate of Walsingham, this is a truly sensory experience; the deli and butchery serve up new seasonal produce in delicious pies and bakes all cooked and served over the counter. Walsingham Farm Shop has a stall in Norwich Market and you can order online for collection. They’ve even got a handy Covid box of essentials (yes, it includes loo roll!) Really worth a visit.
Algy’s Farm, Bintree
A farm deli making their very own popcorn – what’s not to love? This family run farm shop supplies a huge range of local produce, including Norfolk White Lady cheese, Crush oils from Salle and fish from Cley Smokehouse. Oh, and if you fancy picking up your Christmas tree while you’re at it you can. Online ordering available.
A very active award-winning farmers market which is ordinarily held on the first of each month with over 50 stall holders selling a range of local produce, Creake Abbey will continue to be open for take-away and you can do a winter/ Christmas food order while grabbing your veg box.
Farm to Fork & Fish, Horstead
If you care where your meat and fish comes from and how it was reared (who doesn’t?) look no further than this award-winning sustainable butchery, deli and fishmonger, run by the Mutimer family. This is all about traceable quality produce with an emphasis on quality, taste, animal welfare and air miles. Pop in to stock up on their famous sausage rolls, pork pies, quiches and scotch eggs.
Back to the Garden, Letheringsett
This 18th Century oak barn a few miles out of Holt is home to (you guessed it) an award-winning deli shop and butchery, a restaurant and a pretty courtyard cafe. The organic meat is all reared on the farm and the rare breed and outdoor reared pork is locally sourced. This is a lovely place to choose something artisan to go with an impressive bottle of red.
Keep your shopping local in the city by paying a visit to the brand new deco style St Giles Pantry. Not precisely a farm shop (no meat/fish) but I feel qualifies for mention here. Newly opened by couple Alan and Sophia, who wanted to create the community atmosphere and sell the kind of quality local produce usually found in rural stores, this lovely little deli, fashionably situated on Upper St Giles, will be those in the know’s go-to for their larder stock-up. You can stop for coffee when Covid restrictions allow.